Ambulance workers attend the crash, which killed at least 10 people | Source: Screenshot ANF newsagency
Ambulance workers attend the crash, which killed at least 10 people | Source: Screenshot ANF newsagency

In northwestern Turkey at least ten people are dead after a van they were travelling in crashed. Thirty others were injured in the accident on Wednesday, AFP reports.

The accident happened when a van carrying migrants reportedly heading for Greece entered a roundabout at high speed and crashed into a shop. The driver had been trying to avoid a roadside police check, according to local governor's office in Edirne province on the border with Greece.

Turkish media released pictures of the crashed vehicle, which was apparently not suitable for transporting so many people, according to AFP news agency.

Turkish politician blames deaths on the government

Gülsüm Ağaoğlu, refugee spokesperson for the People's Democratic Party in Turkey, said the Turkish government was responsible for the deaths. "The human tragedy in which at least ten refugees lost their lives trying to get to Greece is not an accident, it is murder," she said according to the pro-Kurdish newsagency, ANF. "This is a consequence of Turkey's handling of refugees and migrants."

Ağaoğlu accused the Turkish government of failing to take steps to stop people smugglers who put refugees' lives at risk. "Instead of making dirty deals with international institutions and governments, the reasons that people are forced to flee their countries must finally be tackled," she said.

Dangerous land route

Turkey hosts around four million refugees and asylum seekers, most of whom are Syrian. Large numbers of people from Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as migrants from Africa, also regularly try to reach Europe via Turkey's land border with Greece, many losing their lives in the attempt.

Last October, 22 people died when a truck carrying migrants in Turkey's Izmir region crashed through a barrier, overturned and fell several meters into a canal.


 

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